ProRally: Susquehannock Trail Notes #2

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Susquehannock Trail PRO Rally Round #5 - 1998 Michelin PRO Rally Championship Wellsboro, Pennsylvania Press Notes #2 - Friday, June 4 - 7:30 AM EDT

4. For those of you who are here in Wellsboro, turn your radio on and hear about the rally today as you prepare for the event. John McArthur and Andy Schupack will be on WNBT-AM 1490 at 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM talking about the event and its impact on the town. From about 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, DJs Steve Worthington and Kevin Thomas from KC101 FM will be doing live cut-ins from the Special Olympics rally Friday afternoon. And don't forget to pick up a copy of Friday's ELMIRA STAR-GAZETTE, which has pre-rally story in the sports section.

On the TV side, everyone around the country can catch the re-broadcast of the Rim of the World event this Sunday, June 7, at 6:00 AM Eastern time on ESPN2; and mark down the first broadcast date for STPR - Tuesday, June 30, at 6:30 PM Eastern time.

Speaking of ESPN2, Replica Productions, producers of the rally shows for The Deuce, has reported that Subaru of America's Western Region sales office - which sponsored the Rim of the World event - has agreed to sponsor the Prescott Forest Rally telecast as well.

5. It wouldn't be a collection of press notes without corrections - and co-driver Rob Bohn informs us that the Mike Hurst car he could show up with if he doesn't run his Porsche is a Mazda RX-7, not his old 200SX. That 200SX is running this weekend already, in the capable hands of Scott Kreisler, who had bought the car from Mike.

6. The divisional national championship will bring to an end the longest season ever, which start in September, 1996 and formally ended in December, 1997. The event, which was originally scheduled for the ill- fated SNO*DRIFT rally, has attracted 18 top runners from around the country. The 4WD class will be a great battle between all four entries, as all four have either won their national class or finished in the top ten at national events (Gingras/Westrick, Czyzio/Carlson, Stewart/Dale and Driegert/Shim). 02 and U2 feature similar battles, which we will detail later.

The divisional runoff cars were originally scheduled to run as their own group, but, with 80 cars running, and all the runoff competitors also running the national event, organizer McArthur decided that it would be better for all competitors if this group ran in their national seed. There will be a ceremonial start after the dinner break for the divisional runoff competitors as a group before the start of stage #5.

7. With 80 cars instead of the usual 50 or 60, the space around the Green in Wellsboro will be at a premium, with several of the side streets to be used for the Parc Expose. The extra people should bring banner sales to the annual Rotary Club Chicken Barbecue and the St. Paul's Episcopal Church Hot Dog and Soda stands - both open all day Saturday.

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